Notes On Music
12:20 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Matchmakers

Opera Singer Bettine Freeman in Puccini's Madame Butterfly, July 15, 1913
Opera Singer Bettine Freeman in Puccini's Madame Butterfly, July 15, 1913
Credit flickr.com / The Commons

You know the song, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match, from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.  This concept is not new to opera either. 

In Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, Lieutenant Pinkerton has leased a house from a matchmaker; and in Smetana’s opera, The Bartered Bride, parents scheme to have a matchmaker find a husband for their daughter.  Ah, some things never change!

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